Justice for Terrified Dog Transported in Open Trailer on Highway

Target: Rick Staly, Flagler County Sheriff

Goal: Do not allow owners to chain dogs to open trailers while driving on the highway.

Video was captured showing a dog chained on top of a crate carrying another animal, on an open trailer being pulled at high speeds down the highway. According to the couple who took the video, the dog looked “terrified.”

The video was posted on Facebook, and dog’s owner responded to the post and also contacted Flagler Animal Services, who determined that the dog is being “well cared for.” The unnamed owner received a ticket for only using one tether instead of two, but this manner of transporting animals is legal under Flagler County law. This law, which states that dogs can be transported in open air if there is a pen or at least two tethers, should not apply to travel where excessive speeds can cause extreme discomfort and very clear danger to the dogs, like on highways. Sign below to protect defenseless dogs and demand this law be changed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Sheriff Staly,

A circulating video showing a dog chained to an open crate on a Florida highway raises concerns about the health and well-being of animals in Flagler County. This type of transport is currently legal if the dog is in a pen or chained with at least two tethers, but it is extremely dangerous to allow this method of travel on highways or in other high-speed environments that pose a threat to the dogs’ safety.

It is unacceptable and cruel to subject animals to this type of treatment and cause them this sort of pain and fear. I urge you to take steps to alter this law and restrict this dangerous transport of defenseless animals.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Brenna Cronin

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7 Comments

  1. In 2008 we animal advocates were outraged that Mitt Romney transported his dog Shamus in a carrier on top of his car during an 8-hr family trip which caused the dog such anxiety that he had massive diarrhea. If the vehicle in question here had an accident, the dog would be strangled. I’ve seen the video, and the dog was scared and confused. At least Romney put his dog inside the carrier; but in both cases, why couldn’t the dogs have ridden in the car?

  2. This is animal abuse at its worst.Give me 5 minutes with the bastards who inflicted this horrific abuse to this poor dog and I will ensure that they will NEVER do this again.An eye for an eye!!

  3. The owner of this dog is a backward moron who should never be allowed to own an animal. If he/she is such a backward oik then he is not responsible enough to care for these creatures. Dogs are out loyal loving friends and yet people like this git treat them abominably. This dog was clearly terrified and as the owner can not see what a terrible thing they have done to terrify this poor dog then they don’t deserve to own one. Someone lock this sub human up until he/she learns that animals are not there for humans to hurt, terrify or kill. Git!

  4. Brenda Denno says:

    It’s very disturbing that the dog’s person doesn’t see anything wrong with what he did. We can make laws but we really need to change the way we think about animals. They are awesome creatures who should be loved and appreciated, not used and abused.

  5. Cynthia Mattera says:

    Who puts their dog outside their car, on top of a luggage rack? A sick one……I say tie the owner t the rack AND DRIVE HIM ON THE HIGHWAY. what AN ASSHOLE! This is outrageous. He should have been arrested for animal abuse and cruelty, not just a ticket.Please, put a law in place that NO ANIMAL is allowed to be tied on to the top of a car or on the outside of the vehicle!!! Common sense here please!!!!

  6. THIS POS HEINOUS CUNT NEEDS TO BE PUT IN JAIL AND A HUGE FINE!!???

  7. THE SHIT FOR BRAINS OWNER NEEDS NOT OWN ANYTHING NOT EVEN ITS LAME SELF NOW SO KILL IT FOR BEING STUPID TO ANIMALS NOW. MAKE LAWS TO END THIS NOW.

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